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e are living in a historic moment for natural health and wellness in the United States. More than half the country—29 states—have legalized medical marijuana. Pennsylvania did so in April of 2017. Despite decades of stigmatization and criminalization, polls show that 71 percent of Americans support full legalization, and nearly 90 percent favor marijuana for medicinal use. The cannabis plant has demonstrated powerful healing effects on the quality of life for thousands of suffering men, women and children. Medical marijuana (MMJ) has been shown to be an effective treatment modality for PTSD, epilepsy, autism, chronic pain, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, neuropathy, asthma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other conditions. There is also reason to believe that MMJ may offer a solution to our nation’s catastrophic opioid crisis; studies show that in states with legalized cannabis, the number of opioid overdoses has decreased substantially. It seems clear that MMJ is among the most important public health issues of our time. Mainstream acceptance that a naturally occurring plant can also be a powerful medicine is radical, and may represent a tipping point for holistic health. It is through this opening that we have the potential to shift the paradigm of healthcare from the “pill for every ill” model to one that embraces whole-self, whole-health care through integrative and preventive approaches. Starting in 2018, I’ll be doing my part to ensure the movement is successful here in Pennsylvania as organizer of the Philadelphia chapter of Ellementa, a women’s cannabis health and wellness network. I’ll also be helping, the nation’s leading online referral platform, to recruit more doctors into the PA program. New endeavors are exciting, but not without sacrifice; It is with some sadness, but also great optimism that I share that this will be my last issue as publisher. Together, with the help of our readers, advertisers and contributors, we have created over 30 substantive and relevant issues whose contents reflect our vital and growing holistic health community here in the Philadelphia suburbs. Together, we have expanded our collective consciousness and created a space for local, purposeful connection. My trusted colleague and mentor, Joe Dunne, is ideal to nurture this high vibration. A dynamic business leader with an infectious and brilliant spirit, Joe currently publishes two highly successful Natural Awakenings editions in the New Jersey territories abutting ours. He is excited about the BuxMont magazine, and will assume the role of owner and publisher with the February issue. I know the publication will flourish under his leadership. I came to this magazine eager to understand more about holistic health; I leave an advocate, emboldened by what I now know, and thirsty for change. I am humbled and inspired by what I have learned, and for the honor of serving the community in this way. It is only goodbye for now; I’m certain that our paths will converge again as we journey toward a collective awakening of mind, body, spirit wellness for people, pets and planet. Together, we are “Making the Awakening” in Bucks and Montgomery counties.



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tar Advanced Medicine, an integrative medical practice in Warminster, is now adding Exilis Ultra 360 treatments to its list of services, which already includes regenerative orthopedic procedures and bio-identical hormone optimization. The Exilis Ultra 360 is a pain-free way for patients to quickly and easily smooth wrinkles and experience shaping, tightening, cellulite reduction and facial rejuvenation. Bonnie McKinley, D.O. The founder of Star Advanced Medicine, Bonnie McKinley, D.O., says the Exilis Ultra 360 is ideal for patients looking for preventative maintenance or more dramatic cosmetic improvements. “Our primary goal is to provide safe, non-invasive treatments to optimize both internal and external vitality,” she adds. An Exilis Ultra 360 treatment lasts between 15 and 30 minutes, and is performed with the patient lying down in a comfortable, relaxed position. Patients often see results after just one treatment, and those are enhanced and improved with subsequent sessions. Most patients undergo two to four treatments for each body part. “The device combines radiofrequency and ultrasound to tighten skin and address body concerns,” says McKinley. The Exilis Ultra 360 is a practical alternative to surgical procedures, and Star Advanced offers a variety of payment plans for patients. “The field of regenerative treatments is rapidly growing, and I believe it’s going to change the way medicine is practiced in the future,” says McKinley.

ocal healers will have the opportunity to take Healing Touch Level 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., January 13 and 14, with snow dates planned for January 27 and 28, at Holy Redeemer HomeCare, in Philadelphia. It is also presented at Main Line Health, in Radnor, February 24 and 25. The two-day course is taught by Jean M. White, founder of Healing Touch Pennsylvania, in Langhorne. Jean M. White The class includes 16 to 18 continuing education contact hours of instruction for nurses and massage therapists, but is open to anyone interested in learning the energy-based healing modality from a professional trainer. The Healing Touch Program was created by nurse and healer Janet Mentgen and combines several different techniques. The program is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. White has more than two decades of combined experience and certification as a Healing Touch practitioner, certified instructor and certified holistic nurse. She teaches Level 1, 2 and 3 workshops in the Philadelphia/Bucks County area and has an active, woman-focused, private practice. “You know how some nurses or massage therapists feel burned out because what they are doing is not what they went into their profession for?” says White. “I teach them new techniques and tools that help them pump up their energy lives and practice.”

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Researchers at the Imperial College London say that five servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, but more is better. After conducting a worldwide meta-analysis of 2 million people that compared early mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer, they recommend eating at least 10 three-ounce vegetable and fruit servings per day, which could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

AEROBICS KEEP THE BRAIN YOUNG Simple movement turns out to be the best way to lift mood, improve memory and protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline, according to Harvard Medical School researchers in an article, “Aerobic Exercise is the Key for Your Head, Just as It is for Your Heart.” Even brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes can alleviate depression. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science notes that aerobic workouts can help people feel less stressed by reducing levels of the body’s natural stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. 8

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Daily Produce Servings Prevent Early Death


Healthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.

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Natural device stops a cold before it starts

New research: Copper stops colds if used early.


ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to stop a virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities worldwide agree — copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch. Four thousand years ago ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper to purify water and heal wounds. Now we know why it worked so well. Researchers say a tiny electric charge in microbe cells gets short-circuited by the high conductance of copper. This destroys the cell in seconds. Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.” It worked

Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Users also report success in stopping cold sores when used at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact. Tests show it kills harmful microbes on the fingers to help prevent the spread of illness.

again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL

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City Greenery Boosts Public Health

Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities.

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Veggie Doctors

Cardiologists Urge Plant-Based Hospital Meals

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants. The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon—increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. “Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. 10

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A new year can prompt us to refresh the look and feel of our home. Ecominded individuals may wish to spruce up a treasured piece of furniture or find a replacement that’s light on environmental impact.

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harvested forests and tree farms or reclaimed wood. Find explanations of Forest Stewardship Council certification requirements at

MChoose vintage and secondhand furniture to extend its life with a bonus of nostalgia. Avoid painted furniture from the early to mid-20th century, which may contain lead, or use a paint-testing kit.

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natural wood finishes, naturally tanned leather or organic cotton. Look for Greenguard product certification to ensure low toxicity ( Some businesses, like Upholstery on Broadway, in Arlington, Massachusetts, conduct money-saving classes for people that want to learn to repair or restore their own furniture. Owner Kevin Kennedy finds, “People bring in their own projects, often wing chairs and side chairs, along with stray pieces of materials. As long as they have ‘good bones’ [solid wood frames], new fabric can add many years.” For those afraid of making mistakes in cutting fabric, “We help them measure carefully first, and that relieves their anxiety.” A carpenter’s rule is to measure twice, cut once.

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How They Differ from Health Store Supplements by Linda Sechrist

Savvy consumers seeking products that might help them achieve and maintain good health may be noticing two new categories: medical food and nutraceuticals.


edicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher price tag. One common example: powdered protein mealreplacement shakes that can cost up to

$16 more than a retail store brand, as nutraceutical and medical food purveyors want to differentiate their products as having clinical research and development behind them. This raises the bar on the quality of contents and assures consumers of third-party testing for proof of ingredients.

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Although both are regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, there is no legal distinction between dietary supplements and nutraceuticals, yet each serves different purposes. Dietary supplements, comprising vitamins, minerals and/ or herbs and botanicals, are intended to enhance wellness among healthy adults. Nutraceuticals encompass nutrients, foods or parts of foods used as medicine to provide health benefits beyond nutrition and combat chronic disease. Some of the most popular formulations involve botanicals like ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and echinacea. “Medical foods, formulated for dietary management of a specific medical condition for which nutritional needs are unmet by a normal diet, are regulated under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983,” explains Bill Shaddle, senior director of medical education at Metagenics, Inc. “Our nutraceuticals and medical foods are supported by verifiable science that provides solid evidence regarding the therapeutic benefits produced by ingredients in our products.” The word nutraceutical, blending nutrition and pharmaceutics, was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, the founder and chairman of the nonprofit Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, in Mountainside, New Jersey, which promotes clinical research and development of dietary supplements and foods specifically for their health benefits. Reputable companies that manufacture private-label nutraceuticals, such as Metagenics and Xymogen, among others, research and develop products for functional nutrition and quality. While such







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products are solely distributed through partnerships with healthcare professionals such as medical doctors, nutritionists and pharmacists, some of the evidence-based, professional-grade formulas are available through online physician websites. Metagenics and Xymogen collaborate with institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine in conducting clinical research that demonstrates how their formulas impact healthy aging, cognitive function and overall health.

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Private Quality Control Xymogen is strictly a physician’s line of nutraceuticals, explains Cheryl Burdette, a doctor of naturopathy and director of clinical research and outreach for the company. “In our manufacturing process, to avoid contamination and validate ingredients, every batch is thirdparty assayed by an independent laboratory, whereas some companies only do this for every fifth or 20th lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings who blogs at January 2018


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Legislation May Affect Choices in Naturopathic Care


ractitioners of the Pennsylvania Traditional Naturopaths Association (PaTNA) are urging citizens to contact their state representatives to vote “no” on proposed senate bill 834, introduced this past July. The bill would repeal Act 128, which Governor Tom Wolf signed into law November 2016. The law requires registration of practitioners in the naturopathic field. Act 128 is an amendment to HB 516, which would regulate naturopathic doctors, set education and training requirements and allows only those that meet those qualifications to present themselves as “naturopathic doctors” or a “doctor of naturopathic medicine”. Bill 834 includes much of the licensing

requirements and penalties originally presented in HB 516. “Basically, there’s a select group that qualifies themselves as ‘naturopathic physicians’ claiming that they are medically trained, and they want exclusivity with the title ‘naturopathic doctor,’” says PaTNA president Lynn Feinman, a doctor of naturopathy with Natural Health Options, in Paoli. Feinman says if bill 834 becomes a law, it could adversely affect consumer choice and access to natural products. She adds that it could also put 200 practicing naturopaths out of business. “At issue is a group trying to claim that these natural products and natural


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he Pennsylvania Department of Health passed Act 16, signing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program into law on April 17, 2016. The program is still in the rollout phase—patients began receiving their certifications a few months ago, on November 1, and dispensaries are scheduled to be open early this year. Here’s what you need to know about the subject:


Medical cannabis was legalized in PA because the legislature validated the efficacy of marijuana to alleviate pain and improve the quality of life for people suffering from certain medical conditions.


Medical cannabis will only be made available to PA residents that are diagnosed with one (or more) of the following 17 serious medical conditions:  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)  Autism  Cancer  Crohn’s Disease  Chronic Pain* Epilepsy  Glaucoma

 Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)  Huntington’s Disease  Inflammatory Bowel Disease  Intractable Seizures  Multiple Sclerosis  Neuropathies  Parkinson’s Disease  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder  Sickle Cell Anemia  Spinal Cord Injury** * Severe chronic or intractable pain of neuropathic origin or severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapeutic intervention and opiate therapy is contraindicated or ineffective. ** Damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord with objective neurological indication of intractable spasticity.


Patients that are prescribed medical cannabis will be able to ingest it in the following ways:  Pill  Oil  Vapor  Tincture  Liquid

PA residents that have any of the 17 qualifying conditions (as determined by a state-certified doctor) can register for a medical marijuana ID card which will allow them to visit one of the PA dispensaries to receive their medication. The dispensaries (pharmacies created specifically for the distribution of medical marijuana) will be in operation throughout the state where people can pick up their cannabis prescriptions. PA residents can receive more information about how to participate as a patient, doctor or caregiver by visiting pennsylvania-medical-marijuana-program. A full list of PA dispensaries is listed on pages 20-21.

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Mind of a Chemist, Heart of a Healer Local Medical Cannabis Pioneer Joe DaCrema by Karen G. Meshkov


ith cannabis legalization taking root across the U.S., and Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program rolling out in 2018, there is no shortage of people looking to be a part of the “green rush”. For Philly-area native and owner of DaCrema Botanicals, Joe DaCrema, however, recognizing the medicinal potential of cannabis is nothing new—much like the path to legalization in this country, his journey has been decades in the making. DaCrema’s introduction to medicinal cannabis came in 1988, during his sister’s struggle with cancer. Like many, she became a believer in the plant’s power from personal experience. “She tried all the medications the doctors prescribed her; she said that marijuana was the only thing that took away her pain,” says DaCrema. He was not as surprised as he might have been, then, to discover that marijuana offered relief from his own issues with an asthmatic condition. After earning his degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University, DaCrema taught chemistry and biology to nursing and allied health students at a local college, where he had access to European medical journals. He explains, “Marijuana and hemp plants contain two prominent compounds called cannabinoids: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). More so than THC, it was CBD that kept coming up in the research again and again.” Most people are only familiar with THC, the chemical responsible for the experience of feeling “high”. Far less is known about the effects of CBD—unlike THC, CBD does not include any



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psychoactive response. Alternately, research reveals that properties of CBD impact what is now known as the body’s endocannabinoid system, a sophisticated set of processors that act as a bridge between body and mind. Because CBD and the way it interacts with the body is inherently complex, it can be taken in various ways and is indicated to address a wide range of conditions. For example, when concentrated amounts are distilled and processed and then absorbed sublingually through drops or inhaled as a vapor, it has been shown to relieve insomnia, anxiety, depression and a host of other mood disorders. Salves and lotions that contain CBD are absorbed through the skin and are reported to relieve such conditions as chronic pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. Its effect on addiction, epilepsy and other neurological conditions are being closely studied as well. Having synthesized the research, DaCrema put his lab chops to work, and in 2011 he began extracting and producing products at no charge for friends and family. He attributes his homemade salve (which is now one of his best-selling products) to healing his wife’s carpal tunnel syndrome. “They told us that the only resort was surgery. We all thought it was pretty amazing,” he admits. In an industry as rapidly evolving as medical cannabis, DaCrema confesses, “It can be confusing for the consumer. There

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is fear about breaking the law. We start with CBD concentrate that is derived from hemp, not marijuana. We use only CBD concentrates that are free of THC (less than 0.3 percent) because of ethical and legal reasons. This ensures a high-quality product that is safe and legal in all 50 states.” With recent media coverage relating to inaccurate labeling of CBD products, DaCrema says his company adheres to a strict set of criteria before labeling any of its therapeutic grade, artisanal CBD products. “Not all CBD is created equal,” he says. “We learn about the purity of the CBD by examining its certificate of analysis.” A certificate of analysis is an official document issued by a third-party tester indicating the levels of certain chemicals. He is insistent that the CBD be solvent-, heavy metal- and pesticide-free. “We know that solvents and metals are neurotoxic, and pesticides can be harmful to those whose immune systems are compromised.” CBD from DaCrema Botanicals is distilled using CO2 extraction methods. The result is a pure, solvent-free product comprised solely of natural plant waxes, oils and cannabinoids. DaCrema Botanicals celebrated its third anniversary in October. Its product line now includes products for topical relief, such as salves and massage oil, and for systemic relief, such as sublingual drops and concentrates. As the company’s wholesale partnerships grow to include a roster of natural food stores, doctors, naturopaths and other holistic healers locally and nationally, DaCrema and his team continue to focus on the integrity and authenticity of their product, and in the quality of the relationships they have developed. Amidst the many dizzying images and messages eager to be listened to as the industry emerges, DaCrema’s voice is steady and clear. “I’ve been in this world longer than most anyone else I know. I know what it takes to make high-quality, artisanalquality products that really help people heal, and we’re in it for the long haul.” For more information, call 484-838-8778 or visit See ad, page 7.

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PA Vets Push for MMJ Access, Relief by Carrie Jackson & Karen G. Meshkov


eorge Armstrong, from Western Chester County, is at the forefront of a movement to allow veterans in Pennsylvania legal access to medical marijuana, or MMJ. With more than 800,000 veterans, Pennsylvania hosts a large community of people that could benefit from treatment of combatrelated conditions, such as chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental illness. Armstrong is an outspoken advocate for the PA Vets for Cannabis Program, with the aim of convincing the federal government to legalize marijuana. The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act, passed in 2016, allows doctors to prescribe MMJ for 17 specific conditions, including multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and glaucoma. However, since MMJ still isn’t federally legal, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) won’t recommend or prescribe it for veterans, and many don’t have the resources, financially or otherwise, to purchase it for themselves. Almost two-thirds of veterans report some kind of chronic pain, but VA doctors have been criticized by lawmakers and health experts for overprescribing opioids and other addictive painkillers. “Veterans often find that the cocktail of pain meds they’re on don’t work, so they up the dosage. Many are actually taking MMJ just to try to break their addiction to the heavy prescription drugs,” says Armstrong. Armstrong, a veteran himself who suffers from chronic pain and PTSD, has found more relief from MMJ than heavier medicine such as opioids. Research has shown that in states where MMJ is legal, veteran suicide rates have dropped significantly, and a majority of veterans’ caregivers surveyed support legalizing MMJ. Armstrong believes that having more doctors, especially those connected to the VA, as advocates will help break the stigmas associated with cannabis. “We have more than 4,000 patients signed up for the program, but only 100 doctors involved. The scientific data is there to support the benefits. We are at a breakthrough time for MMJ, but until the doctors embrace this I believe we have very little chance of changing the federal law,” says Armstrong. For more information, visit Carrie Jackson is a frequent writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

The Green Remedy Advocacy Center and Clinic Bridging the Gap by Karen G. Meshkov


he rollout of PA’s medical cannabis program has not been without its hiccups: it’s taken longer than anticipated to go into effect; the Department of Health has been criticized for lacking the budget to do a proper marketing and education campaign; the ratio of doctors registered in the program to patients registered for care is woefully lopsided. The concern is that despite the landmark ruling of Act 16, people that suffer from the 17 “serious medical conditions” included in the initiative will also suffer from an inability to access services. Enter The Green Remedy, a medical marijuana advocacy center and clinic on the outskirts of Northwest Philadelphia whose efforts are all about easing suffering. The clinic, which opened its doors in October, helps people that want to get into the medical cannabis program connect with a certified doctor so they can get their card and access the dispensaries. “The program was officially in place as of November 1,” says the company’s founder, Chanel Rousseau, her eyes sparkling. Rousseau, a former Chicago resident, knows what it can be like when traditional medicine isn’t doing the job for a chronic, debilitating condition. She was diagnosed with stage four endometriosis at age 22 and was in chronic pain. “I tried everything. With the last medication I took, my hair literally was falling out.” When she finally tried cannabis as a last resort—she was not a recreational user—her pain dissipated. “I got my life back; it was amazing.” MMJ became legal in Illinois in 2011, and Rousseau began working in an Illinois cannabis clinic. Rousseau’s husband relocated to PA for work shortly after Act 16 passed. Rousseau then realized that her industry knowledge and experience could help many Pennsylvanians navigate a complex system and receive the care they need. They founded The Green Remedy, uniting both committed doctors and patient advocates. “We know that finding a doctor can be tricky for many people,” explains Rousseau. “Others may find navigating the PA

Chanel Rousseau at her center in NW Philadelphia Department of Health website difficult, or may be intimidated at the amount of paperwork. When people are sick, the last thing they want to deal with is a bunch of red tape. We navigate that system for them to help ensure a successful application.” Beyond helping with program access, the team at The Green Remedy stresses patient education. “Besides medical cannabis certification assistance, we offer integrative care and nutrition therapy. There are specific foods that trigger inflammation or hasten the progression of certain conditions. We give every certified patient a full lifestyle revision program that discusses changes they should make for their condition, including natural, integrative options.” The new year will offer relief to many Pennsylvanians that may have been suffering for years. The Green Remedy’s efforts are to make sure that the process to that relief is painless, as well. Location: 7215 Rising Sun Ave., Unit B, Philadelphia. For more information, call 215-330-6455, email or visit Karen G. Meshkov is publisher of Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties. Connect at

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Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Dispensaries The following is a list of businesses that received permits from the state of Pennsylvania to open and operate dispensaries in 2018. Interested parties should contact these locations directly for more information about opening dates, hours and other specifics.









Lebanon Wellness Center, LLC 19 Baltimore St


Holistic Pharma, LLC 4201 Neshaminy Rd


Bristol Dispensary 2412-2414 Dunham Rd


TerraVida Holistic Centers 64 N Main St

The Healing Center 130 Mall Circle Blvd Maitri Medicinals – Oakland 2846 Boulevard of the Allies Keystone Relief Centers – Squirrel Hill 3885 Forward Ave Keystone Integrated Care, LLC 5200 Harrison St

Berks Muhlenberg

Reading Dispensary 3225 N 5th Street Hwy


Harvest of Reading 2701 N 5th Street Hwy

Blair Altoona

Lebanon Wellness Center, LLC 514 E Pleasant Valley Blvd 20

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Butler Butler

Butler County Dispensary Facility 201 Pillow St


The Healing Center 270 Executive Dr

Keystone Dispensaries 420 W Lancaster Ave Cure Pennsylvania 500 Kimberton Rd

Clearfield Dubois

Dubois Wellness Center, LLC 1222 S Brady St

Cumberland Carlisle

Firefly Dispensaries 872 Harrisburg Pike


Keystone Integrated Care, LLC 21181 Rte 19

Organic Remedies, Inc 4425 Valley Rd



Keystone Relief Centers – Jackson’s Pointe Corner of Jackson Ln and Jackson Pointe Ct

Centre State College

PA Health and Wellness 2105 N Atherton St


Firefly Dispensaries 801 S Front St

Delaware Upper Darby

Grassroots Cannabis 130 S State Rd


Keystone Dispensaries 622 Industrial Park Dr, B

Erie Fairview

GTI Erie Dispensary 7789 W Ridge Rd

Fayette Uniontown

Maitri Medicinals – Uniontown 7 W Main St

Franklin Chambersburg

Organic Remedies, Inc 600 Wayne Ave Firefly Dispensaries 1737 Lincoln Way E

Jefferson Brookville





Justice Grown 78 Gateway Shopping Center


Columbia Care Pennsylvania, LLC – Kidder Street Dispensary 765 Kidder St

Lycoming Williamsport

Keystone Center of Integrative Wellness, LLC 1322 W 4th St

McKean Bradford

Dubois Wellness Center, LLC 109 Main St

Monroe Blakeslee

Dubois Wellness Center, LLC 240 W Main St

Columbia Care Pennsylvania, LLC – Tobyhanna Dispensary Rte 940 and Kimberly Dr




Columbia Care Pennsylvania, LLC – Keyser Dispensary 1790 N Keyser Ave

Lancaster Lancaster

Cure Pennsylvania 1890 Fruitville Pk

Lebanon Lebanon

Lebanon Wellness Center, LLC 847 Cumberland St

Lehigh Allentown

Mission Pennsylvania II, LLC 2733 W Emmaus Ave


TerraVida Holistic Centers 1626 Old York Rd

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The Healing Center 799 W Chestnut St

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Keystone Integrated Care, LLC 303 E Pittsburgh St

York Hanover

Knox Medical 6444-652 Frederick St

Restore Integrative Wellness Center, LLC 8003 Old York Rd

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Plymouth Meeting Ilera Healthcare 420 Plymouth Rd

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DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool by Lisa Marshall


hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 22

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Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

Our Brain on Stress

Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by

eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

Stress-Proofing Our Body

Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stressresilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stressresilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined

Seven Ways to Banish Stress by Lisa Marshall


e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”


Multitask less, monotask more:

“The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.


Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of

Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.


Limit choices: Making decisions can

be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different

colors. Select and stick with one brand of natural toothpaste or granola.


Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.


Daydream: Idle times, like standing

in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.


Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to

sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.


Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.” January 2018


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People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating

aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’” Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at


carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stress-related illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can boost inflammation, whither brain cells,

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Stress-Relieving Treatments An Ayurvedic Approach by Hillery Woods Siatkowski


Neilson Company audience report that surveyed media usage during the first quarter of 2016 found that the average American spent nearly 75 hours per week in front of a screen. Experts are confident that the number is even higher as we head into 2018. The rapid pace of life overloads us constantly and shows up as heartburn, insomnia, anxiousness and forgetfulness. In light of widespread stress and anxiety, it is no wonder that the ancient mind-body healing system, ayurveda, has become so popular. While many people are familiar with the various energetic dosha profiles, such as kappa, pitta and kappha, less know about a spa therapy called shirodhara (sheer-o-dara) that balances the overactive mind and calms the nervous system. Shirodhara therapy involves pouring warm, herbal-infused oil over the forehead in a soothing rhythm, improving blood flow and circulation in the frontal lobes and allowing the nervous system to feel safe and cared for. The herbal oils soak into the skin and hair, removing impurities and leaving glowing hair and a clear complexion.

Shirodhara can also be highly customized. Before beginning services, a practitioner can interview clients to determine the right medicated oil for their unique imbalances. The table, itself, can be enhanced, as with a far-infrared amethyst BioMat to relax sore muscles and regenerate energy. Specialized massage can be incorporated into the treatment to achieve marma/dosha balancing, accessing the body’s energy points and unlocking spots that hold pain, fatigue and illness. Starting the year off with an emotional health plan is the best way to decrease the harmful effects of stress and overstimulation. The renewed clarity, energy and attention that result from shirodhara therapy can help us accomplish daily tasks with greater ease and joy, with exquisite benefit to the self and to those around us. Hillery Woods Siatkowski is owner of Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, in Quakertown, which features ayurvedic spa therapies in a boutique wellness retreat. For more information, call 215-257-5025 or visit HilleryWoods See ad, page 33.

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he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists disagree, including those citing two major studies by Harvard researchers; following more than 100,000 people for 25 years, they concluded that those eating the most wheat compared to low-gluten folks had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease. While the standard American diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their

enhancing environment and lifestyles, eat a non-processed, whole-food diet rich in whole grains and wheat. Many Americans that are gluten-sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young. At some point, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. It’s possible to reboot.

Delete Processed Foods

The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent. Monitor these ingredients to achieve a healthier diet. Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving.

Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.

Restore Liver and Gallbladder Function

Highly processed vegetable oils are used as preservatives in most packaged foods, including bread. Processing these oils renders them indigestible. Linked to congestion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: Eat one red beet and one apple a day—either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

Strengthen Stomach Fire

Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices: Use ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel. Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together—as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These fivestar spices: Stimulate digestion Increase bile flow, pancreatic and small intestine enzyme activity, and fat and sugar metabolism Decrease H. pylori, an opportunistic acid-producing microbe, from adhering to the stomach Decrease gas and bloating Support optimal weight, microbiology health, growth of good gut bacteria and elimination Act as powerful free-radical scavengers Following these simple steps of nutrition will set gluten sufferers on the right path to retraining the body to digest and enjoy wheat again. John Douillard, a Boulder, CO, doctor of chiropractic and creator of the wellness website, is the former director of player development and nutrition advisor to the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He is author of the book Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet. Learn more at

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GUT HEALTH 15 Minutes of Fame for a Timeless Topic by Christine Tentilucci


ealth and wellness trends come and go. Lately, there has been abundant information presented about digestive health, the body’s microbiome and their impact on overall health. However, digestive health is hardly a new topic or a trendy

fad. Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut,” and modern research continues to support his theory. The digestive system is a complex network of organs, tissues, fluids and bacteria. When they function optimally, it operates like a well-oiled machine and supports myriad functions throughout the body, including immunity. However, if one or more of the components falls off kilter, it can compromise overall health. Research has linked an unhealthy gut to a number of conditions, including chronic inflammation, lupus, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, allergies and eczema. Here’s the good news: individuals have the capability to fuel this internal power house with a clean, nutrient-rich diet, hydration, stress management and overall healthy living. Cleansing the colon may potentially support a healthy digestive system: enter colon hydrotherapy. This practice uses warm, lightly pressurized water to gently cleanse the colon to help flush out built-up waste. Colon cleansing, when accomplished by professionally trained and certified therapists, can help rebalance gut flora, improve nutrient absorption and reduce the risk of toxicity in the digestive tract. It’s worth exploring colon hydrotherapy as a cleansing practice. After all, maintaining optimal wellness is always on trend. Christine Tentilucci is the marketing manager at Inner Spa, 4 Terry Dr., #12, Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-9000 or visit See ad, page 13.

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What You Can’t See by Hyo Lim


everal years ago there was a remarkable case of a man whose routine wisdom tooth extraction turned out to be anything but routine. A typical panoramic X-ray showed that the roots of the tooth were close to the critical, main nerve that courses through the lower jaw and innervates the teeth, so extra care would be needed. After proper loosening, the tooth should have simply popped out with a gentle tug. Astonishingly, it sprung right back into place, as though it were attached to a rubber band. A close, physical examination showed that the root had grown completely around the nerve, like a string through a Life Savers candy. Luckily, the nerve had not been severed, and a quick protocol change allowed the tooth to be removed without damaging the nerve. How could this situation have been avoided? Although unavailable at the time, a dental cone beam radiograph would have alerted the dentist prior to surgery to the unique positioning of the tooth. Typical dental X-rays—bite wings, full mouth and panoramic—are two-dimensional (2D). The dental cone beam provides a three-dimensional (3D) view of the mouth and associated structures. saved Using only conventional 2D X-rays in certain situations is my husband’s heexamining has similar to a used carlife; buyer only the driver’s side of the been car in and good health under Mesh- side is in the same conthen assuming thatDr. the passenger ’s caredition. for 203D years conenow beam is the view obtained by walking completely around, and looking below and above, the car. Dental cone beams are currently recommended for implant surgery and planning, wisdom tooth extractions, root canal

Clockwise, L-R: Cone beam radiograph equipment, Dr. Tony Lim, sample cone beam image therapies and TMJ assessment, and patients needing them are often referred to specialists. A modern trend, however, involves dental offices adding dental cone beams to their standard practice, appreciating their value in diagnosing failing root canaled teeth, root fractures, sinus and jaw bone abnormalities and more. As more dentists realize the undeniable truth in “you can’t see what you can’t see,” more patients will benefit from the 3D perspective offered by dental cone beams. Dr. Hyo “Tony” Lim, DMD, is the founder of Dental Wellness Centre, 216 Mall Blvd., Ste. 11, King of Prussia. For more information, call 610-265-4485 or visit See ad, page 6.

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Master Coach Tanya Tecce Blends Neuroscience, Spirituality, Psychology


anya Tecce helps empaths, entrepreneurs and executives overcome stress and anxiety and find peace without the use of medication. “I help my clients discover their center and remember their passion, using methods that most counselors don’t use in their day-to-day practice,” says Tecce. Steeped in education, Tecce holds undergraduate degrees in math, psychology and sociology and is an experienced, registered yoga instructor and certified holistic health coach. Her latest certification is in mastery level transformational neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), an

advanced coaching method that informs her approach. Transformational NLP is inspired by the work of David Bohm, a physicist and student of quantum mechanics; Bert Hellinger, a German psychotherapist best known for developing the Family and Systemic Constellations theories; and the philosophy of metaphysics observed by Aldous Huxley. “With Transformational NLP, we’ll get in touch with your unconscious and update what’s preventing you from having the experience of life you wish to be having,” shares Tecce. “It works via your neuropathways—reshaping mind, body, soul and experience, all the way down to your DNA— so you can behave differently without having to remember to behave differently.” Tecce’s blog reflects the diverse sources informing her practice. Her post, “Four Keys to Peace”, highlights a wisdom lesson

from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: “Empath Overload” offers practical advice to highly sensitive people wanting to gain mastery of their energy and boundaries. Despite the range of perspectives Tecce incorporates into her practice, the goal, she says, is focused. “We find out: What is your peace? What is balanced for you? Then we anchor that as your center, a place where you reside most, rather than being something you taste only from time to time.” For more information, call 610-394-0502, email or visit

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A New Approach to



iz Sines is the lead groomer at Holiday House Spa on State in Doylestown. A lifelong animal lover and equestrian, she began bathing and handling dogs at a local horse farm as a teenager. She has been a full-time groomer since 2002 and completed both National and International Master Groomer Certifications in 2014.

be applied to working with dogs and cats with patience and a loving touch during grooming. Every pet entrusted to my care will be treated with the utmost respect and skillful handling.

What is your approach to pet grooming?

Years ago we were taught not to bathe animals too often. Thankfully, products have improved with the advancements in skin and coat care science, so “over bathing” is no longer an issue. Environmental pollutants both outside and inside our homes have greatly increased the toxins we and our pets are exposed to every day. The skin is the biggest organ on any living creature and absorbs these toxins as they sit for long periods of time. For cats, this is even more important, as they not only absorb these toxins through their skin but also ingest them through self-grooming. Monthly bathing is ideal for most pets, with longer-coated animals often requiring frequent bathing. Regular bathing is a major benefit to allergy sufferers, both human and pet! Many of the irritants that cause itching, sneezing and runny eyes are carried into our homes on our pets’ coats.

Grooming allows me to pursue both the stewardship of animals and the art involved in executing a balanced and practical haircut for any dog’s job description. Whether a dog lives on the farm, is a home companion or a therapy aid, I love to find a beautiful style that suits the companion’s lifestyle as well as the owner’s budget. I craft balance, symmetry and breed/type nuances into every cut. I hear from clients that while they cannot specifically say what I’ve done differently, for some reason, their dog just looks “right” or “more natural”. My extensive equine experience taught me positive and patient handling skills. We cannot physically force a 1,200 pound horse to do what we want it to, so there is great skill learned when handling large animals. These techniques can

Why is bathing our pets so important, and what is the ideal schedule?

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What should we look for in quality skincare products for our pets? Skincare products should not have a lot of soaps or detergents listed in the contents. A sugar-based cleansing formula is preferred since it cleans the skin and coat without stripping away natural oils and keeps the pH balance neutral. Using pure, low-fragrance, gentle shampoos help reduce itching your pet may experience and reduces allergies in people.

What is the SpaClub and how does that work? We encourage all pet owners to have their furry friends bathed regularly, so Holiday House Spa on State created the Spa Club. This program allows clients to choose a convenient monthly appointment at the Spa on State and it provides a savings for regular visits.

What makes the Spa on State a unique pet grooming salon? The owners are also veterinarians. They have created a professional space for grooming, with a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Come visit us—you and your pet will feel the difference! Location: 42 E. State St., Doylestown. For more information, call 215-345-6960 or visit dog-cat-grooming/the-spa-on-state. See ad, page 27.


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What to Expect from a KonMari Tidying Lesson

With Certified Consultant Christina Rosenbruch

Ayurveda: Spa Therapies, Lifestyle Consultations and Yoga Classes

What can I expect during my first organizing session? We’ll spend the first part of the session doing a walk-through of your home and discussing your ideal vision for your home and life. Starting with one category of things, we’ll put everything in one place, and then we’ll do the “joy check” of your items— keeping only what sparks joy.

Will you make me throw things away? It’s your decision. As Marie Kondo says, “If it makes you happy then the right choice is to keep it confidently, regardless of what anyone else says.” Over time, you will develop sensitivity and be able to quickly discern what brings you joy and what does not.

What happens to the items I choose to discard? I try to keep as much out of the landfill as possible through donation, consignment and recycling.

How much will we get done in each organizing session? It depends on how much you own, how organized your space already is, if there are any outside distractions and how quickly you can make decisions. We move at your pace.

I’m on a tight budget. What are my options? If you’re committed to making a change and living a more joy-filled life, you’ve taken the first step. Never assume that getting help for tidying up is out of reach. Christina Rosenbruch is the founder of Spark Joy Space, LLC. To connect with her, call 267-5447171 or visit Spark Joy.Space. See listing, page 46.

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business spotlight

Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs Innovates, Offers Tele-Optometry


hiladelphia Eyeglass Labs (PEL), the oldest and largest independently owned optical chain in the Philadelphia area, is by definition, “old school”. Its five area locations are part of a centurylong legacy of providing quality eye care to hundreds of thousands of patients. But while the company’s longstanding connection to the communities it serves has become a Philadelphia tradition—it’s not unusual to see whole families in its stores, buying glasses together—innovation is never out of view. “Being in eye care for so many generations means we have to stay current and adjust our model based on how people’s lives change,” says PEL’s president, Norma Meshkov, whose grandfather, Dr. Peter Messinger, founded the company nearly 100 years ago.

Change is afoot at PEL’s busy Bensalem location, where it has served the community since 1985. Starting in January 2018, tele-optometry will be introduced to patients at this location. So how does tele-optometry work? Much like other telemedicine models, teleoptometry delivers eye care through digital ophthalmic equipment and video communications technology that allows a licensed optometrist to perform a comprehensive eye health examination remotely, while interacting with the patient visually and verbally, in real time. An optical technician is on-site, face to face with the client, aiding the optometrist working off-site. The company that created the technology, Digital Optometrics, believes there is much to be gained by bringing




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the telemedicine model to optical care. “There are many exciting elements to this innovation that benefit patients and the healthcare industry,” says founder Howard Fried. “Greater patient access to eye exams is key; with tele-optometry, patients can have an eye exam on days and times that are convenient for them, rather than being limited to the days and hours that the doctor is in the office.” Fried also points out that with teleoptometry technology, patients receive a complete ocular health assessment. This comprehensive set of tests includes the use of a non-contact tonometer, which tests eye pressure, and a fundus camera, which sees into the back of the eye to view the retina, optic nerve, macula and vasculature. These tests help to rule out health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and other diseases that may otherwise go undetected. That can’t be said for opticals where a simple refraction is the standard of care. Dr. Sukumar Pandit, Director of Optometry at PEL’s Center City location, looks forward to having the technology accessible company-wide. “The ability to be in more than one place at a time… it’s like Star Trek is now one step closer to reality,” he jokes. “But seriously, when done properly, this model can increase convenience for both patients and doctors without compromising on the health aspect of a true eye examination. That’s something to be very excited about.” Philadelphia Eyeglass Labs Bensalem is located at 1863 Street Rd., Bensalem. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 215-592-8111 or visit Philadelphia See ad, page 47.




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A Year of Inspired Living:

Essays and Guided Journaling for Self-Reflection


gnore those that say life doesn’t come with a manual. Kelly McGrath Martinsen has exactly the guide you need to make life richer and more insightful with her new book, A Year of Inspired Living: Essays and Guided Journaling for Self-Reflection. This is the handbook for anyone that wants to embrace a better life. Through entertaining anecdotes and guided journal pages, A Year of Inspired Living helps the reader create their very own personalized self-help book. Martinsen, who is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island magazine, has designed exercises for each month that include room for reflections, lists to seize the most from life, and culminate in

writing your very own “publisher’s letter”, just as she does in her magazine. The letter provides space to reflect on that month’s personal inspiration. By digging deep and really talking about issues from the heart, Martinsen guides readers to contemplate their own feelings, hopes and dreams. The interactive book also includes a hashtag (#AYOIL) so that readers can share their insights and experiences, giving solitary readers the group support they need to make lasting change for their best year ever. Health Communications, Inc.; December 5, 2017. $12.95; 202 pages; ISBN: 978-0-75732009-5. See ad, page 11.


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Pictured Dr. David Digiallorenzo and Dr. Henry Hsu Today, the Lanap & Implant Center is improving the lives of patients from across the US with its state-of-the-art, integrative approach to modern dental care. At these internationally recognized centers for periodontal and dental implant care, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo, Dr. Henry Hsu and their teams of well-trained professionals in Collegeville and Williamsport utilize the latest dental technologies and techniques along with holistic, biologically compatible treatments to deliver amazing results for their patients. Collaborating with more than 60 referring dental and medical professionals nationwide, they successfully address complex dental issues with fewer visits, less

discomfort and positive results. Their minimally invasive, patient-friendly solutions include: • Incisionless, same-day tooth replacement utilizing titanium or metal- free zirconium dental implants for either single-tooth replacements or loose denture stabilization • Single-visit, donorless stem cell gum grafting • LANAP single-visit laser therapy for chronic gum infections, eliminating all cutting and stitches • Advanced treatments for TMJ, chronic pain, complex case diagnosis, reconstruction and replacement of congenitally missing teeth in teens

The Lanap and Implant Center’s innovative treatments incorporate accredited professionals in acupuncture, laser bio stimulation, reflexology, massage, oral detoxification, nutrition advice and homeopathy for optimal outcomes. These advancements, along with the utilization of an array of sedation/relaxation therapies, make it easier for patients to positively address their dental health needs. Dr. DiGiallorenzo and Dr. Hsu invite you to find out more about their forward-thinking approach to dental care by contacting one of our practices or visiting our website at

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Local Yoga

BUCKS COUNTY Bikram Yoga Doylestown 1717 S Easton Rd, Doylestown 570-977-6689 Blossom Yoga 2324 2nd Street Pike, Newtown 215-416-3252

Cornerstone Health & Fitness 740 Edison Furlong Rd, Doylestown • 215-794-3700 415 S York Rd, New Hope 215-862-2200 419 S York Rd, New Hope 215-862-2200 847 Easton Rd, Warrington 215-918-5900 Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage Therapy 156 Green St, Doylestown 215-622-4612 Moondog Yoga Studio 115 E Broad St, Ste 200, Quakertown 267-374-4046

River Yoga 5667 York Rd, Lahaska 215-794-1890

Shine Yoga Center 601 W Market St, Perkasie 267-221-0980 Sun Dog Yoga Studio 17 W State St, Ste 1, Doylestown 215-230-4031 Yoga at Airmid Wellness Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 609-220-9982 Tristana Yoga Studio 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown 267-245-4140 Yoga Vibhuti 77 2nd Street Pike, Southampton 215-514-6065 Yogasphere 18 Swamp Rd, Newtown 215-579-6130 EASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Park Club Fitness and Wellness 620 W Chestnut St, Ste 101, Perkasie 215-257-8877

Amma Yanni Yoga Center & School 827 Glenside Ave, Wyncote 215-572-9881

Prancing Peacock 524 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley 139 Zimmerman Ln, Langhorne 267-679-0791

The Buddha-Bar Yorktown Plaza 160 Yorktown Plz, Elkins Park 215-901-2835


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Dana Hot Yoga 2278 Mount Carmel Ave, Glenside • 610-667-3262 832 N Bethlehem Pk, Spring House • 267-974-9805* Dhuni Yoga & Pilates 1458 County Line Rd, Huntingdon Valley • 215-917-0501

Jenkintown Hot Yoga 409 Old York Rd, Jenkintown 215-478-1701 Nourishing Storm 124 N York Rd, Hatboro 215-394-8152 SSP Yoga 400 Commerce Dr, Fort Washington • 610-656-6041 Tara Yoga 1134 Easton Rd, Abington 215-305-8325 Twisted Monkey 501 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge 215379-1046

Twisters Wellness Centers

131 E Butler Ave, Ambler 717 Bethlehem Pk, Erdenheim 215-654-5393

Local Yoga Whole Body Yoga Studio 103 E Walnut St, North Wales 215-661-0510 Yoga Evolution/MomentOM 261 Old York Rd, Jenkintown 215-885-1800 WESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY Aim High Studio 3015 W Germantown Pike, Norristown • 484-686-0067

Anahata Yoga

690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach 215-740-1354

Art & Soul Yoga & Pilates 1690 Valley Forge Rd, Eagleville 610-220-8572

Collegeville Yoga Bar 50 Second Ave, Ste 3, Collegeville • 610-409-2696 Moyo 4335 Skippack Pike, Schwenksville 610-584-1108 Sol Yoga Studio 117 W Ridge Pike, Conshohocken 610-636-0391 Stillpoint Yoga Studios 217 W Church Rd, King of Prussia 610-213-3280 Yoga Home 424 E Elm St, Conshohocken 484-344-5040 Yoga-Cise2 533 S West End Blvd, Quakertown 267-718-6444 YogaOne Park Ridge Ctr, 4 N Park Ave, Trooper • 610-761-3620

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January 2018


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FRIDAY, JANUARY 5 JourneyDance – 7-8:30pm. A conscious dance party. JourneyDance is a transformational dance that combines freestyle and guided movement that inspires well-being and empowerment. JourneyDance’s meditative, joyful movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. Bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for movement. $20. Anahata Yoga and Wellness, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-534-4989.

Theta/Divine Soul Healing – 5pm & 7pm. Sessions with Fred Salzman and Tess Jensen. Experience multi-layered healing enhanced by the energy of Andara crystals. Possible benefits are an expanded state of awareness and an acceleration of the spiritual awakening process. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-7401354.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 Coffee Scoop Cupping – 10am-2pm. Meet our featured local producer, Coffee Scoop of Pipersville, and taste their freshly roasted coffee blends. Save 20% all month. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. John LaSala, 215-348-4548. Wolf Full Moon Drum Circle – 7-8:30pm. Join us for monthly sacred drumming and community. We invite you to bring your drums, a playful spirit and open heart to blend sound vibes. Enjoy community, sound, dance and healing. Conrad Kubiak will lead our circle and provide drums. All ages and skills are invited to attend. $15. The Room at Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@HarmonyHillGardens. com.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 Trends in Nutrition – 5:30-6:30pm. Adults. If you are a health nut or want to learn about the latest in the nutrition world, this class is for you. We’ll discuss the hottest trends in nutrition and wellness for 2018, and you get to decide which trends work for you. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960. Transcendental Meditation Program – 6:308:30pm. Free public lecture on the benefits of the TM program will be held in the Doylestown area. Find out why over seven million people worldwide practice this technique to reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety and naturally reduce tension, stress and strain. Start enjoying your life to the fullest. The next four-day courses will be held from January 2023 and February 24-27 (two hours each day). Free. 5792 Carversville Rd, Doylestown. Carole, 215783-4629.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 JourneyDance – 7-8:30pm. A conscious dance party. JourneyDance is a transformational dance that combines freestyle and guided movement that inspires well-being and empowerment. JourneyDance’s meditative, joyful movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. Bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for movement. $20. Complete Wellness, 519 W Broad St, Quakertown. 215-534-4989. Intuitive Healing w/ Dustin Julie – 7-9pm. We will learn of our emotional nature and find blocks


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Winter Nature Day for Kids – 9am-4pm. School is out and what better way to spend it than in the wintery wilds of Silver Lake? Your child will be amazed by the plants and animals that adapt to the harsh winter. For 6-12 year olds. $50. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Road, Bristol. 215-7851177.

that are holding us back personally. Dustin Parent will support us in this and support us in releasing those blocks. Julie will offer her wisdom through Allura, an aspect of herself. We ask questions and Allura will offer wisdom. $20. The Room at Meadowbrook/Meadowbrook Animal Healing, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073. Dustin.Parent@


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Radnor Main Line Health 240 N Chester Rd, Ste 220, Radnor Taught by teacher, mentor and holistic nurse/ expert HT practitioner Jean M White. Two-day course includes 16 CEs for nurses and massage therapists. Ideal for anyone wanting tools to work with others and self-care.

Cost: $497 Michele Tryson, 484-744-0205, or Jean M White, 215-757-2424 Transcendental Meditation Program – 11am1pm. Free Public Lecture on the benefits of the TM program will be held in the Doylestown area. Find out why over seven million people worldwide practice this technique to reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety and naturally reduce tension, stress and strain. Start enjoying your life to the fullest. The next four-day courses will be held from January 20-23 and February 24-27 (two hours each day). Free. 5792 Carversville Rd, Doylestown. Carole, 215-783-4629.

Monthly MeetUp Group – 6-8pm. Please join our “tribe” for education and conversation around Functional and Integrative Medicine. Go to Montgomery Integrative Health Group Gatherings for detailed information. Montgomery Integrative Health, 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Donna Butler, 215-233-6226. Donna@MontHealth. com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 Family in Focus – 6-7pm. Adults. Join a family therapist and our nutritionist to learn about building relationships with your kids with meaningful connections at the dinner table. Start the new year with a new approach to your family’s well-being. Light refreshments served. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300. Paint a Glass at Creekside Coop – 6-8pm. Paint a glass night with Drinkable Arts. We provide all materials and help your painted glassware come to life. Class fee includes glass of choice, example designs, the paint, the brushes and aprons. $25. Creekside Coop, 7909 Highschool Rd, Elkins Park. Ava Adames, 267-560-7351. Ava.Adames@ Navigating the Family Law System – 7-9pm. This is a two-hour course that focuses on family law process and procedure, where we discuss the laws of Pennsylvania as they relate to divorce, custody, child support and alimony. Free. Perkiomen Valley High School, 509 Gravel Pk, Collegeville. Jennifer Riley, 215-283-5080.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 Sacred Femininity Sisterhood – 7-8:30pm. A sisterhood to express, experience and cultivate their nourishing Divine Feminine. We have lost connection to each other and ourselves. Monthly gathering for play, inspiration, learning, practices, rituals, education and reclaiming of our innate wisdom. In community we gain power, cleanse our emotional nature and inspire each other. Tea and sisterhood. $10. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4073 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073. Lyn@HarmonyHill Economics of Divorce – 7-9pm. This is a two-hour course that focuses on the financial ramifications of divorce and custody proceedings. It will help establish who gets what during these proceedings, with

an emphasis on protecting your family and assets. Free. Perkiomen Valley High School, 509 Gravel Pk, Collegeville. Jennifer Riley, 215-283-5080.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 Kids Cook Under 5: Apple Igloo – 11am or 3pm. Kids with parents. Interactive kids’ class that will teach basic kitchen skills to create nutritious and delicious snacks. Recommended for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300. National Audubon Photo Awards Reception – 6:30-8:30pm. Join BCAS for the opening lecture and reception for the National Audubon Society Photography Award Winner Exhibit. Sip on some wine and learn about the art of bird photography from our presenter, local bird photographer Jim Greenwood. Admission $15/members; $20/nonmembers. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Marissa Farra, 215-2975880. Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help – 7-8:30pm. Learn various self-care techniques that you can do on yourself to increase the flows and healing of your body. Sue Walski will share ways this ancient healing art can support you to heal yourself. Very easy, peaceful and an informative way to know thyself and heal thyself. $20. The Room at Meadowbrook/ Meadowbrook Animal Healing, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Suzanne Walski, 215-813-4073. SRW@

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 Coffee Scoop Cupping – 10am-2pm. Meet our featured local producer, Coffee Scoop of Pipersville, and taste their freshly roasted coffee blends. Save 20% all month. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. John LaSala, 215-348-4548.

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Let’s Fly - Partner AcroYoga – 2:30-4pm. Learn the fundamentals of AcroYoga to build a strong foundation for partner acrobatics, play and strength in performance. In this workshop we will learn basic acrobatic technique, poses and dynamic movement while creating compassionate communication in partnership and connection. No partner or experience necessary. $25. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510.

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Balance Yourself with Ayurveda – 2-5pm. This year stop battling yourself with lifestyle choices that don’t work, and cultivate deep awareness through ayurveda. Join Roots & Wings for a winter of transformation instead of stagnation. Every month ‘til March will feature a workshop that dives into the science and self-application of ayurveda. $55. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery

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Family Yoga – 1-2pm. Bring your kids to yoga. Everyone in the family can do yoga together. Open to parents and children of any age. Feel free to bring more than one child, your spouse, etc. Children can play (bring a toy if you think they want to do that) or do yoga. $20/family. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510.

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savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter for updates on seminars and trips. Connecting with Your Star Ancestry in Sedona AZ – April 18-22 In this shamanic-based training with Gene Ang, PhD, we will connect with the Spirits of the Land to journey to our ancestors in the inner world. In particular, we will identify the star portals and cosmic connections we had before incarnating. This connection helps us to remember our spiritual heredity and the powers it brings to our earthly incarnations and purpose for being on this planet. Spirits of the Southwest Tour in NM, AZ, CO – May 1-7 Mystical beauty, fantastical rock formations, adventure and exploring an ancient way of life in the great houses of remote Chaco Canyon, the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde and the magical natural beauty of Canyon de Chelly will have you falling in love with the land of the Navajo Nation and her people. Goddess Retreat in Tulum – May 15-20 On the lush Yucatan peninsula, the ancient Maya created one of the most advanced civilizations on Earth. Their sacred pyramids, temples and cenotes mirror this balance with unparalleled mystical beauty. Tulum—a charming coastal town on the Riviera Maya with dramatic Mayan cliff-side ruins and white sand beaches enveloping the turquoise waters of the Caribbean—is the perfect setting for this women’s retreat devoted to igniting and expanding our feminine power. Snorkel with sea turtles, swim in a cenote, visit the Tulum ruins and Chichen Itza. Lodging is at the beautiful Suenos Tulum resort. Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini, the Bahamas – July 15-20 Bimini is renowned for the pods of Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. We will go out every afternoon to swim with (but not touch) the dolphins in the sea. We will also snorkel over the Bimini Road, reputed to be part of ancient Atlantis. Explore the island on golf carts, relax at the gorgeous beaches and shop at local markets. Our private chef will prepare three delicious gourmet meals for us every day. Ascended Masters Retreat in the Grand Tetons, WY – July 27-29 The Ascended Masters assist us in achieving our own self-mastery and guide the expansion of light on the planet. In addition to the teachings by Dana Micucci, we will go on a Snake River raft trip, hike up to Inspiration Point and experience energetic upgrades and activations as we connect with the Cave of Symbols in Idaho, in view of the etheric Table Mountain Retreat of Saint Germain. For all trips, single or double rooms available. Roommates provided, first come first served. Contact Susan for details on all of these journeys. See Susan’s website for other upcoming events and sacred journeys!


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THURSDAY, JANUARY 25 Curb Sugar Cravings – 5:30-6:30pm. Adults. Do you feel like you always crave sweets? Or do you need a sugar fix mid-day or late night? Join Christina as she shares ways to reduce or eliminate those sugar cravings, so you can kick cravings and feel your best. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 Ayurveda and Yoga – 2-4pm. With Kathy Tooley. Winter is vata dosha season. When vata dosha is imbalanced, hair, skin, nails and joints can become dry. Our emotional state can be scattered with an inability to focus. Sound familiar? In this workshop we’ll use gentle yoga and simple, health-building ayurvedic practices to bring ourselves into balance. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354.

MONDAY, JANUARY 22 Group Mastermind – 8 sessions – Mondays, 1/223/12. 7-8pm. Experience the power of a mastermind. A group environment will create results a lot faster than doing it on your own. Have accountability partners and support. Achieve the goals you want in your personal and professional lives. Conducted by phone. Hosted by The Possibility Coaches – Jon Satin and Chris Pattay. Jon Satin, 215-794-0135. group-mastermind.html.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 PWBN Networking Breakfast – 8-9:30am. Professional Women’s Business Network, Doylestown, PA chapter, invites women professionals and business owners to discuss this month’s roundtable topic: New Year, New Goals. Bring your own breakfast; coffee and tea provided. Promotional material welcome. Limited to 15 guests. With online reg-


savethedate Visioning 2018 January 27 • 10am-1pm Open to your natural creative impulses to release the old and step into the new year with fresh intentions and renewed energy. Take a guided journey weaving together dance, intuitive painting and meditation for a whole-bodied powerhouse experience where you will create an intuitive painting on paper expressing your 2018 intentions. Cost: $65 Airmid Wellness and Counseling 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 215-534-4989 Owl Prowl and Night Hike – 7-8:30pm. Join BCAS for a live owl presentation/hike to try to see several local owl species that breed this time of year. Space is limited, so register online early. In case of inclement weather, please check the BCAS website and Facebook page for updates. $5/members; $10/ non-members. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Marissa Farra, 215297-5880.

savethedate Roger, 267-847-8661 New Year Resolution Expo January 27-28 • 11am-7pm Join us to get serious about making and sticking to your new year resolutions while learning how to be successful. The expo will feature a diverse group of vendors that will help keep your momentum going whether you’re looking for a career change, becoming more fit, relationship goals and more. Giveaways, health tests and much more so don’t miss this event. If you want to participate you need to register now. Oxford Valley Mall 2300 Lincoln Hwy, Langhorne

Mercer County Health and Wellness Expo April 6-8 • 10am-6pm The Health and Wellness Expo returns to Quaker Bridge Mall. We are accepting direct sellers, service providers and other vendors to participate in this event. Quaker Bridge Mall 3320 Brunswick Pike Lawrence Township, NJ

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Noon Qigong at Airmid Wellness – Noon-1pm. Qigong (pronounced Chee-gung) is an ancient Oriental form of coordinating consciousness, movement and breath known for its slow, graceful movements and the sensation of energy moving through the body. Qigong is easy to do, helps relieve stress, focus your mind and give you more calm energy. No experience necessary. Drop-ins welcome. $20. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Cathy Scarpello, 215-262-2273. CathyScarpello@gmail. com.

Philly Lyme Disease Support Group – 2-4pm. 1st Sunday. Our peer support group is for individuals with Lyme disease or co-infections and their loved ones. Share your story and hear the stories of others that often have similar struggles. This is a space to give and receive support and share information. Free. Montgomery Integrative Health Group, 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Emily Yost, 267-586-0482. Meetup. com/Philadelphia-Lyme-Disease-Support-Group.

monday SoulCollage for Tweens & Teens – 3:30-5:30pm. SoulCollage small group sessions available for tweens and teens daily. New studio located in Newtown. This process is a fantastic creative outlet of expression and assists participants of all ages in discovering self. Promotes positive self-esteem, coping skills and sense of self as part of community. $35. Call for schedule. Wellness Solutions Center, 121 Friends Ln, Newtown. Weekly Hatha Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Classes will be taught by Jamie Nichols, MA, RYT, in the hatha tradition. Students from beginners to advanced will enjoy the gentle movements, strength-building and flexibility improvement of this regular practice. Classes will include a blissful combination of traditional hatha yoga and restorative yoga to end your practice. $13. Lina’s Harmony – Center for Spiritual Health and Wellness, 366 Easton Rd, Warrington. Jamie Nichols, 215-431-8122. Jamie@Open Quest for Health Q&A Session – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Mondays. Bruce Lipton says our bodies hear our thoughts, respond to our beliefs and create the health we think is possible. Do you want less pain, more energy, more clarity in your daily life? Bring your questions to our open Q&A sessions on the first and third Mondays of the month. $15. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals that suffer from mental illness. Aldie

Monthly Multi Media Art Class with Ute Arnold, MFA – 10am-2pm. Last Tues of each month. Composition and color studies with drawing, printing, water color, pastel, painting on silk, collaging and journal making. No experience necessary. $90 each for a series of six, drop-ins $130. Work study possible. Blue Bamboo Studio, Pt Pleasant. UteB

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Intuitive Medium Readings – In person readings, afternoon and evening appointments available. Receive messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels from an intuitive medium and certified intuitive life coach. Ambler. Linda Harbaugh, 484-904-9268. Linda@

Reiki Sessions – 9am-6:30pm. Reiki sessions offered daily by Usui Level III practitioner by appointment. Our new studio is located within Wellness Solution Centers in Newtown office. Private 45-min sessions. Use of aromatherapy or infrared BioMat available to enhance relaxation experience. Call to schedule an appt. Treat yourself or a loved one. $50. Wellness Solution Centers, 121 Friends Ln, Newtown. Lisa Morrash, 215-345-4096. Dosha-Balancing Vinyasa – 9:30-10:45am. We can use our physical practice to balance our lifestyle. Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the winter our movements are focused on building heat and opening the chest. Asana informed by ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Gentle Yoga & Relaxation Meditation – 1011:15am. Gentle Yoga with relaxation meditation will guide you to open and quiet the mind and body. Soft subtle movements and visualization will relax you at every level and help to reduce tension and anxiety. You will effortlessly become more centered and grounded all day long. Cindy Miller, Yoga Instructor. Drop-ins $14. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind,

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Restorative Yoga Class – 10-11:15am. Restorative Yoga is a practice to let go of everyday stress as well as releasing deeply held mental, physical and emotional tension. We will come into yoga postures while being supported by various yoga props, enabling us to effortlessly hold the postures while focusing on the breath. The experience will leave us feeling balanced, renewed, refreshed and more at ease in our everyday life. Elizabeth Jones, Instructor. Additional classes weekly. See website. $14. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind, 215-293-0744. EdSalkind.Airmid@gmail. com. Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – 11am-noon. The chair is a great way to practice yoga. Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/ pain issues and overall wellness. $35. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Online scheduling via or call 215-348-8058. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato. MetaFriends Support Group – 6-7pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. This group is intended for those individuals with Stage IV cancer. Holy Redeemer Women’s Healthcare Center, 45 2nd St Pike, Southampton. Dr Pam Ginsberg, 215-340-0608.

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classifieds Fee for classified ads is $2 per word, per month. Minimum 20 words. Minimum 3 months, paid in advance. To place a listing, email content to Publisher@ by the 5th. FOR RENT Beautiful, positive energy-filled, SHARED TREATMENT ROOMS available in Harleysville. Are you a healing arts practitioner looking for a place to share your gifts? We have space for you. Six-month minimum commitment. Call 215-740-1354 or email Kathy@Anahata CARDIOLOGY OFFICE – Rydal-Abington area. Used only two days a week; looking for another professional to sublet. 600 square feet, private office, exam room, waiting room – office built in 2015. Internet, computer access. Large parking lot. Located on major road, street visibility. Elevator building. Contact A. Meshkov, MD, 267-626-2881. Peaceful COUNTRY SETTING – Building includes four gathering rooms, kitchen and covered porch. Wooded paths, meditation gardens. Perfect for workshops, weddings, retreats. 215-538-0976.

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Weekly Art Classes w/ 11-11 Arts – 7-8:30pm. Healing through art, designed for people suffering from stress and anxiety. Guided meditation, diary work, drawing and painting. Six-week class. Portrait painting and open studio classes are also available. These classes base their teaching from information passed down through the masters and all the generations of the artists. $60. Veterans free. Eleven Eleven Foundation, Bristol Centre For the Arts, 308 Mill St, Bristol. Ted Tihansky, 267-344-9046. Prenatal Yoga – 7:15-8:30pm. Beginning 1/10. With Melissa Brown. In a safe and supportive environment, moms-to-be balance yoga practices to strengthen the body with tools and techniques for calming the mind–ideal preparation for the birthing process. Drop-ins are welcome. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354.

thursday Soul Flow Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Devotional, slow-paced yoga practice. Physical movements with mudra, mantra and pranayama. Embody ancient meditations and use the practice to focus your thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. This month’s practice will focus on the bhandas, keeping and moving vital energy. You will feel connected, balanced, focused and fabulous. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025. Info@HilleryWoodsWellness. com. Interfaith Community of Lower Bucks County – 7-8pm. 3rd Thurs. The organization’s mission is to bring together people of all faiths to build harmony, community and understanding by hosting and participating in community work, play, worship and education. Join the organization and/or attend meetings and special events including Sharing our Faith events, Film Series, Interfaith Thanksgiving and Int’l Peace Festivals. Zubaida Foundation mosque library, 855 Big Oak Rd, Yardley. Lisa Gage, 215-266-8426. Weekly Meditation – 7-8pm. Regular meditation has been proven to help the mind, body and spirit by reducing stress, improving concentration, increasing self-awareness and happiness, increasing acceptance and benefitting cardiovascular and immune health. Join us for guided meditation, whether a be-

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Bucks County Breast Friends Meeting – 7-9pm. 1st Thurs. Bucks County Breast Friends (BCBF) general meeting. This group is intended for those that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Meetings focus on providing men and women with educational support and peer support. Holy Redeemer Healthcare at Bensalem, 3300 Tillman Dr, Bensalem. Jill Indelicato, 215-364-0935.

friday Molecules of Emotions/Changing Body Memory – 9:30am-12:30pm. Biweekly classes with bodypsychotherapist Ute Arnold. Our cellular bodystories hold on to abuse, trauma, abandonment, chronic pain, relationship issues, etc, therefore creating illness and interfering with wellness. Unergi body-psychotherapy changes belief systems and, therefore, the body story. Pt Pleasant (near New Hope). Ojas-Building Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. Ojas informs natural immunity and systemic vitality. Busyness and stress deplete ojas. Create a new weekly ritual for releasing stress. Jin Shin Jyutsu self-healing holds are used in concert with supportive restorative yoga postures. This gentle practice will leave you feeling like yourself and ready to enjoy the weekend. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. 215-257-5025.

saturday Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm. 1st Sat. Shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic setting. Each student will interview, assess energy and create individualized shiatsu session to balance the body. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Wear socks. No cell phones, no perfumes. $45. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800.

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Center for Spiritual Health and Wellness 366 Easton Rd, Warrington 215-431-8122 Deborah Paul, Jamie Nichols, D a n n a Ya h a v , L a n a Bukovsky-Zeyl and Ellen Minicucci are the talented family of healers at Lina’s Harmony. Our classes, spiritual workshops, crystals and jewelry are designed to create a positive, supportive environment to work on spiritual health and wellness without judgment. Walk-in hours are on Wednesdays from 2-5pm.

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Plymouth Meeting Providing the highest quality hemp-based healing products. Locally produced. CBD (healing hemp oil) is legal, effective and safe for many health issues. Salves, tinctures, more. See ad, page 7.


Andrew Persky, DC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington 215-491-4200 • LifeAligned offers a unique treatment for chronic musculoskeletal and neurological pain conditions, offering a safe, gentle alternative to drugs, surgery or traditional chiropractic “twisting” and “cracking”. See ad, page 31.

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An educational center for spiritual enlightenment, which nourishes the holistic lifestyle. The Room hosts classes, workshops, retreats and is available for rental to instructors sharing the healing and expressive arts. See ad, page 18.


1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 215-293-0744 • Our licensed staff of professional counselors offer private and group therapy for children, adolescents, teens and adults. Most insurance accepted. Experience Tranquility Yo g a c l a s s e s , m a s s a g e , acupuncture, JourneyDance and t’ai chi. See ad, page 15.


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Ava Adames • 267-560-7351 Event Planner/Arts Entertainer-Instructor A mobile art event company providing instructor-led paint on glassware and wood events at local restaurants and private in-home parties. Guests create their own item for gifting or keeping. Fundraising events available with a percentage of proceeds to charities/ causes. Let us plan an unforgettable event with you.

CRYSTAL – COLOR – LIGHT HEALING JOHN OF GOD CRYSTAL BED HEALING Evolving Soul, LLC Elaine Berk, MEd Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534

John of God Crystal Bed Healing cleanses, opens and invigorates the body and soul by balancing and clearing one’s chakras and energy field. Colored lights, chosen to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through precision crystals, activating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. Gain insight & enhanced emotional, physical & spiritual well-being. See ad, page 39.


Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance Certified Facilitator 215-534-4989 • JourneyDance is a whole-body experience that tickles the mind and nourishes the soul. It is freestyle movement to world music where self-expression releases tension. Visit the website for upcoming dances or to book a JourneyDance for a group. No dance experience needed to feel this wild freedom.


Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad, page 6.


Beth Skovron, DDS 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860 • Enjoy an anxiety-free dental experience. You no longer have to be nervous about going to the dentist. From the moment you open the doors, our friendly and courteous team will make you feel comfortable in our relaxing spa atmosphere. Choose from a wide range of holistic services. See ad with special offers, back page.

LANAP & IMPLANT CENTER OF PA David DiGiallorenzo, DMD 184 W Main St, Collegeville 610-422-3120 •

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions and chronic pain management. See ad, page 35.


Weavers Way Ambler is member-owned and open to the public. The new store includes a café, full-service butcher, bulk and prepared foods. See ad, page 12.


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1075 Main St, Hellertown Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. Serving the community since 2004. See ad, page 24.


102 S Bellevue Ave, Langhorne 267-374-0187 Jean White is a holistic nurse and expert Healing Touch practitioner/ instructor who has been successfully helping people for two decades. She helps women that feel fatigued and have trouble getting through the day tap into their hidden energy reserves to feel alive, excited and ready to rock their world.


215-736-3803 Let the masterpiece that is you e m e rg e . P r o v i d i n g n e u r o emotional technique, lifestyle and wellness coaching, creative chiropractic care, energy healing, mind/body healing education and workshops.


Arnold B Meshkov, MD 1077 Rydal Rd, Ste 307, Rydal 267-626-2881 • Board-certified cardiologist with 35 years in private practice. Offering a holistic approach to cardiology with an emphasis on outpatient management, prevention, diagnosis, lifestyle and treatment. See ad, page 30.


108 Cowpath Rd, Stes 3 & 4, Lansdale 215-542-2100 Bringing a personalized and holistic approach to hospice care. Our trained volunteers offer aromatherapy, massage therapy, reiki and pet therapy to bring healing and wholeness to clients and their families. See ad, page 11.

LEGAL SERVICES LAW OFFICES OF JENNIFER J RILEY 585 Skippack Pike, Ste 200, Blue Bell 900 W Valley Rd, Ste 703, Wayne 215-283-5080 •

Specializing in family law. High-quality, compassionate legal services including child support, child custody, divorce, alimony, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, estate planning and more. Serving the greater Philadelphia area. See ad, page 17.


6055C Kellers Church Rd, 2nd Floor, Pipersville 215-766-2800 • Celebrating 20 years as the area’s leading center for shiatsu massage training and treatment. Come visit our new space in Pipersville. New courses start regularly. See ad, page 27.


Megan Downs, LMT, E-RYT Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-206-3394 Megan’s therapeutic massage technique works deeply by targeting specific problem areas while keeping in mind the whole. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping and Aromatherapy, and also offers Therapeutic Yoga instruction. Relieve pain and stress, increase body awareness, heal and relax.


Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope 800 W State St, Doylestown • 267-566-6056 Experience Shiatsu/Shin Tai Bodywork, in New Hope. Align your body’s structure using muscle energy and fascial release techniques, central channel release to allow free-flowing spinal alignment, and cranial work. This releases hidden trauma trapped in the body, and life force is then able to return.


Modern-day psychic, mystic, author and master spiritual teacher/healer, Ms. Joyce is widely recognized for accurate predictions, mediumship and guidance for missing persons, dream analysis and past-life regression. Visions of Reality classes help develop psychic/intuitive abilities. Listen Sundays, 9 p.m., to Let’s Find Out on Skype sessions available.


Linda Harbaugh Intuitive Medium Certified Life Coach • 484-904-9268 Delivering messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels via 30- or 60-minute telephone or in-person readings. A certified life coach, Linda also offers intuitive coaching packages to help you navigate life, jobs and relationships. Psychology degree, former teacher, 30 years business experience.


Intuitive Automatic Writing Telesessions Serving BuxMont & Beyond 267-451-6141

Imagine there are answers to the questions about your life that are burning inside you. I’ve helped many people over the years using intuitive automatic writing; I may be able to help you. $60 for a 1-hour telesession. First 15 minutes free. Please call and we will experience this together.

NATUROPATHY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Julie Lachman, ND LLC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 3G, Warrington 267-406-0782 •

Julie Lachman, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society; Naturopaths are specialists in complex diseases, ie, autoimmune. She has additional training in women’s health and pediatrics and certification as a CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) practitioner. She sees patients of all ages.

NUTRITIONAL HEALING CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING Jeffrey L Griffin, DC Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-348-2115

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor with 31 years of practice experience in chiropractic care that is blended together with enzyme nutrition. This combination of treatment modalities allows Griffin to successfully treat a wide variety of health complaints, ranging from neck and back pain to headaches, digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his website. See ad, page 13.



Psychic Medium, Reiki Master, Soul Coach • 609-353-7210 Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over for healing, closure and forgiveness. In-person or virtual, private and group readings available.


1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown 215-836-4300 In-store nutritionist Rabiya Bower can help you reach your goals by helping you find healthy choices in the store and create enjoyable meals. $20 for individual consultation, receive $20 Giant gift card in return.

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GIANT FOOD STORES CHRISTINA FAVA, MA, RDN, LDN 315 York Rd, Willow Grove 215-784-1960

In-store nutritionist Christina Fava has a passion for helping customers make healthy decisions while they shop and creating individualized meal plans. $20 for individual consultation, receive $20 Giant gift card in return.

PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY EVOLVING SOUL, LLC • ELAINE BERK Certified Past Life Regression Therapist Certified Hypnotherapist MEd in Counseling 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534 •

PLRT is a unique therapeutic process that helps you recall and resolve emotional trauma from previous lifetimes which, unbeknownst to us, is often the root cause of issues we’re struggling with in this lifetime. As a former psychotherapist and PLR therapist, I work with clients to address these complexes and bring about transformation and healing. See ad, page 39.

PET GROOMING THE SPA AT HOLIDAY HOUSE ON STATE 42 E State St, Doylestown 215-345-6960

Liz Sines is an award-winning National and International Master Groomer. Clean, balanced, natural looks and breed-specific styles. Featuring all-natural, Americanmade salon products. High-quality grooming experience in a relaxed atmosphere. See ad, page 27.


Julia Helstrom, DO 10 S Clinton St, Ste 101, Doylestown 267-454-7262, Bucks County Center for Integrative Medicine: where traditional family medicine and alternative modalities combine for an individualized plan. Come attain your personalized optimal wellness.


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Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Daila Pravs is trained in integrative, functional medicine and specializes in family medicine, women’s health, urinary tract infections, colds, rashes, musculo-skeletal concerns, nutrition and food intolerance, nutrigenomics, stress, sleep, emotional well-being, digestive wellness and environmental factors. See ad, page 3.


Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Heidi Wittels is a functional medical doctor who specializes in “whole-person” diagnosis and integrative treatment of Lyme disease, mold sensitivity and biotoxins, cognitive decline, autoimmune disease, metabolic syndrome, hyperlipidemia, digestive concerns, nutrigenomics and methylation. See ad, page 3.


Expertly p l a c i n g interested clients with one of our 15 seasoned and varied therapists throughout the city and surrounding areas to find the best fit for you. See ad, page 29.


Bonnie McKinley, DO 755 York Rd, Ste 101, Warminster 267-544-0664 • A board-certified physician, Dr. McKinley specializes in noninvasive, regenerative treatments including prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, DioWave laser, microneedling, and the Vampire Series: Facial, Facelift, Breast Lift, Hair Restoration, O-Shot and P-Shot. See ad, page 7.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, ecofriendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 13.


Christina Rosenbruch, Certified KonMari Consultant 267-544-7171 • SparkJoy.Space Find freedom, joy and spaciousness to live a new life using Marie Kondo’s proprietary technique. Let’s start today, organizing your space and transforming your life.


Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, h o m e o p a t h y, n u t r i t i o n a l counseling and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See associated ad, page 27.

MEADOWBROOK ANIMAL HEALING Suzanne Walski, DVM 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville 610-847-2776 •

Dr. Suzanne Walski has been serving the community since 1987. Currently providing chiropractic, TCVM acupuncture, K-Laser, Bach Flower, and nutritional/food therapy. Geriatric and pets with complicated health issues welcome. See ad, page 18.

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